Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Free Talk



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1. If you were offered a job in another part of the country, would you take it?

Back in the day I might have.  Being an RN has been good to me—I moved all over the country and got to experience living in places like Montana and Alaska.  New Mexico, however, is the home of my heart, and I don’t expect I’ll ever leave.



2. If you were in a bank and someone started to hold it up, what would you do?

Whatever they told me to.  I’m not interested in getting shot.

3. If you found a suitcase filled with $1,000,000 what woud you do?

Turn it in to the FBI or some such.  I’d be afraid it was some sort of drug money and some thug would come looking for me.  Normal people just don’t carry a million bucks around in a suitcase…

4. If you had a 25 hour day what would you do with your extra hour?

Read. 

5. If you had the opportunity to be different, what would you change?

My perfectionism.  It keeps me from doing things because I’m afraid that I won’t do whatever well enough, so I don’t even try.

6. If you received a lottery ticket as a gift and won a lot of money, would you share with the person who gave you the ticket?

I’d likely give them a cut, but share out equally?  Nope.  

7. If you spoke two languages and your spouse spoke only one, would you raise your children as bilingual?

Having been a kid in this very situation (my mother emigrated from Germany when she was 15, and my father didn’t speak German) I can say that it would be very hard to do this.

8. If you were candy, which candy would you be?

I’m not a candy fan, but I’d be a bar of red chile-infuseddark chocolate.  That stuff is muy Bueno 😊

9. If you were a toy, which toy would you be?

Some sort of strategy game. 

10. If you were abducted by aliens, would you tell anyone?

Nope.  The world would think you were out of your mind, even if it did really happen. 

11. If you could go to the moon, would you?

Not unless it was free.  I wouldn’t pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to space.

12. If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?

I think I’d just stay right here.   You change history just by being there, and I like my current life.  If I went back to whenever, picked up, say a rock.  That would reverberate through time, and I might come back and nothing be the same.  No…..I’ll stay right here, or rather right now.

13. If you saw a robbery, would you report it?

This happened the other day.  I was walking out of Walgreens, and here comes a guy with an entire case of liquor, running past me out to the parking lot.  I went back in and asked in the liquor store, and they had already called the police.  Said it happens all the time and that’s why they have a camera.  Dang.  Anyway, if they hadn’t reported it, I would have called the cops myself.

14. If you were to speak to a graduating class, what would you say?

Don’t let anybody tell you who you can, or cannot be, what you can or cannot do, and how you can, or cannot live.  Your life is yours.

15. If given the choice between being given great wisdom or great wealth, which would you choose?

I would take the wealth. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday Stealing--Firsts

Sunday Stealing--Firsts.

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1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

Dang girl, you look like hell.  You should have gone to sleep earlier and not stayed up half the night binging Halt and Catch Fire.

2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life?  

I think it was to my Oma’s house.  We were living in Mississippi, and we went back to Massachusetts about a year after we moved down South.  We went into Boston, went to the Childrens Museum, and went to Plymouth Rock.  My favorite part, lol, was sitting upstairs in this long hallway that was floor to ceiling bookshelves filled with National Geographics from 1952 forward.  They were one of the ways my Mom and her siblings learned English after emigrating here in 1952. 

3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see?

A big container of pre-peeled garlic cloves.  Whoever thought that up gets my undying gratitude.

4. Tell us about your first kiss OR your last first date.

Goofy boy named Chuck.  Tall redhead, who wasn’t really a very nice guy now that I think about it.  Probably ignited my lifelong passion for picking the wrong man. 

5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you’d land?

That is just too overwhelming to think about.  Somewhere with a breathable atmosphere would be good, I think.

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car?

Put on my seatbelt

7. What is the first thing you ever said to your firstborn?

Hi there, little peanut.

8. What is the last thing you heard about your first love?

That he was married, living in a single-wide trailer in BFE Mississippi and unemployed.  Good thing we ended out relationship that’s for sure.

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day?

I have no clue on this.

10. What is the first song in your IPOD or song list?

Alison Krauss and Union Station, Live at the Louisville Palace.  Tribute to Peadar O’Donnell/The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn.  This is a bit of a long one, but the Jerry Douglas solo in the first 6 minutes is stunning.  If you aren’t into dobro, then skip to 5:56 for The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn.  When the whole band kicks in it makes the hair stand up on my arms it’s so good.


11. What is the first tangible thing you lost that you could never find again?

My innocence. 

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?

JBKO, definitely.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.

Can’t, I deleted that thing years ago.

14. When was the last time you needed First Aid?

A few days ago, I bumped against something and got a skin tear.  When did my skin get so damn fragile?

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football?

Sorta, kinda.

Still Here

Wowza, I've been gone a while. 

It's been a crazy month and half.  Work is insane and I've been bringing work home, which cuts into my study time, which cuts into my "let's work on the blog" time. 

This is the first weekend in a month I haven't brought the work computer home, so huzzah for that!  I'm working on a paper for school, and thought I'd take a break from doing a SWOT analysis and do a little blogging.

I'll be around, although not as much as in previous years, but since I have 1.5 readers, I don't think that'll be a problem :)

So, here's Saturday 9.  Enjoy, and play here if you'd like.

I'd Really Love to See You Tonight (1976)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This song is about a guy who, out of the blue, phones an ex. Have you ever spontaneously phoned or emailed a former lover? Has an ex ever reached out to you?

Yes to both.  Neither time worked out well.  Exes are exes for a reason, I should’ve remember that.

2) He suggests walking through the park, taking a drive along the beach, or watching TV. Do any of those suggestions appeal to you right now?

Haven’t seen the ocean in a few years, so the beach would be fun.  I’m always up for watching something on TV—right now (well not this very second) I’m re-binging Halt and Catch Fire on Netflix.  Great drama about the dawn of home computers, the internet and whatnot.  The acting is fantastic.  Check it out.

3) "England Dan" got his nickname because he was a passionate Beatles fan and would affect a British accent when he talked about his favorite group. Are you good at imitating accents?

Nope.  I’m fascinated by them though, and can pick out certain ones quite easily.  I was at work the other day and the phone guy came in to fix a co-workers phone.  He started talking, and I asked him if he was from New Orleans.  Nailed it!!  He was so surprised (remember, we’re in New Mexico)—he said “how did you know that!!!???”.  Well, I said, I grew up an hour from there (in Mississippi).  We had fun talking great creole and Cajun food.  It was a completely unexpected work encounter.

4) Dan met John Colley when they were high school classmates in Dallas. When they were still kids, they agreed that "John Ford Coley" would be a better stage name. Think back to your high school days. Which of your friends daydreamed along with you?

Diane.  She was my only friend.  Going to three high schools in four years was a drag.

5) After the duo disbanded, "England Dan" went to Nashville, billed himself by his real name -- Dan Seals -- and recorded country music. Who is your favorite country performer?

I’m not a big straight country fan.  I do like bluegrass and roots Americana music thought, so I’ll go with Mandolin Orange.  Fabulous.  Here—have a listen….this is one of my favorite songs.



6) Today John Ford Coley lives in TN. He performs occasionally and raises horses. Have you ever been to TN?

Yep, many times.  When we moved from Mississippi to Virginia in 1979, my Mom and I drove up through TN.  It was the first time I saw mountains, and I was hooked.  Of course, I ended up moving out west to much bigger mountains, but TN started it.

7) In 1975, when this song was popular, Foster Grant Sunglasses had a suggested retail price of $5/pair. Do you buy sunglasses more for fashion or utility?

Utility.  It’s freakin’ bright out here, and we have 300+ sunny days a year.  They are a necessity.  Mine are prescription, so way more than $5, that’s for sure, lol.

8) The most popular movie of 1975 was Jaws. Have you seen it?

Yes, I think I actually saw it in the theater in 1975…

9) Random question: Excluding anyone related to you by blood or marriage, what man are you closest to?

Hubs, of course.  He’s not just my husband, he’s my best friend.